I wasn't a big fan of Joe Carnahan's Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane, but the low-low-budget crime thriller was successful enough to land the guy a big-time studio gig. That project was Narc, which I dug quite a bit, to my pleasant surprise. (Hey, I'm a sucker for Ray Liotta's tough guy routine.) For a while there it looked like Carnahan was going to direct Mission: Impossible 3 for Paramount, but obviously that plan fell through.

The good news is that his latest flick, entitled Smokin' Aces, looks pretty darn wild. The teaser trailer kicks off with an amusing misdirection before settling into a mega-kinetic typhoon of mayhem, so why not check it out? (Frankly the flick looks a lot like last February's Running Scared, and that's just fine by me.)

Featuring the likes of Jeremy Piven, Ben Affleck, Ray Liotta (cool!), Ryan Reynolds, Andy Garcia, Peter Berg, Alicia Keys, Jason Bateman and the underrated Nestor Carbonell, Universal's Smokin' Aces is scheduled for a February 2007 release. Ack, February?